COVID storm has shaken country: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister will address the people on the 76th episode of his programme at 11 am amid the second wave of COVID-19 infections in the country.

Amid the surge, there is an acute shortage of oxygen, beds and timely medical care across several states.

In the March edition of the broadcast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about India's Covid vaccination programme as the country marked a year of the "Janata Curfew" that was announced on March 23, 2020 to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. "The State Governments too are trying their best to fulfil their responsibilities", he said.

My dear countrymen, Namaskar.

We were confident, our spirits were up after successfully tackling the first wave, but this storm has shaken the nation. But this storm has shaken the country.

"We have to accord priority to the expert and scientific advice at this time to win this battle", he said.

"The Government of India is applying its entire might to give a fillip to endeavours of state Governments".

"I'm speaking to you at a time when Covid-19 is testing our patience and capacity to bear pain", ANI quoted Modi as saying. "You can consult your family doctor or doctors in the neighbourhood on the phone".

The Prime Minister also interacted with many healthcare workers including Dr Shashank Joshi, a Mumbai-based doctor on the prevailing pandemic situation.

Head of Department, chest disease hospital, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday that all the misconceptions about the vaccine are baseless as its efficacy is more than 60% and though one can get infected even after vaccination but infection can't be life-threatening.

Friends, in this hour of crisis, everyone is understanding the importance of vaccines. "I appeal to the States too to extend the benefit of this free vaccine campaign of the government of India to the maximum number of the people", Mr. Modi said. We have the security cover of vaccines this time. But, the nursing staff of our hospitals, are doing the same thing, continuously, for so many patients simultaneously. He said,"There is a huge contribution of ambulance drivers in this war against COVID19".

"The scheme has infused a new confidence in the villages as property documents remove uncertainty and reduce the chances of property dispute while protecting the poor from exploitation and corruption", an official release said.

The country is once again united and fighting against Corona!

Modi said villages should follow the guidelines issued by the government and people should also get themselves vaccinated.